Through the Lens of Resistance:

Youth Activism and Media

Teaching Artist: Aly Kreikemeier


Mass media more often than not misrepresents communities in a way that perpetuates inequality and negative stereotypes. This class developed critical media literacy through learning about how media operates, the role that media plays in inequality, and gaining the skills for students to produce their own media that talks back to dominant representations. We worked together as researcher-artists to produce our own stories and to develop the skills and tools to challenge stereotypes in the mass media. We worked with photography, interviews, digital media and story and have the opportunity to publish a website, visual story or written paper about our experiences in conjunction with the Harvard Graduate School of Education.